The Hoover Institution at Stanford University is seeking qualified candidates for the full-time position of Cyber Research Associate. Candidates with demonstrated familiarity with issues in international security and in-depth interest in cybersecurity as a problem of public policy are encouraged to apply. The position is for a one year fixed-term with the possibility of renewal.
About Stanford University's Hoover Institution:The Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace is a public policy research center devoted to the advanced study of economics, politics, history, and political economyboth domestic and foreignas well as international affairs.
Founded in 1919 by Herbert Hoover before he became the thirty-first president of the United States, the Institution began as a repository of historical material gathered at the end of World War I. The library and archives have grown to be among the largest private repositories of documents on twentieth-century political and economic history. Over time the Institution expanded its mission from collecting archival material to conducting advanced research on contemporary history and economics and applying this scholarship to current public policy challenges.
With its eminent scholars and world-renowned library and archives, the Hoover Institution seeks to improve the human condition by advancing ideas that promote economic opportunity and prosperity while securing and safeguarding peace for America and all humanity.
Cyber policy and security pose some of the most pressing challenges the world will face in the coming decades. While technological capabilities are moving ahead at lightning speed, policy and legal frameworks in dealing with cyber are slow to evolve. In the policy world, current priorities leave little time for longer-term thinking. In the academic world, research on cyber policy and security is siloed and embryonic. Cyber threats involve political, legal, organizational, economic and psychological factors that technical experts often do not fully understand or appreciate. Conversely, these conflicts in cyberspace may also involve technologies that social scientists and policymakers often do not fully grasp.
Against this backdrop, there is surprisingly little consensus on the appropriate strategy, doctrine, tactics, theory, or data that might be brought to bear to understand the relevant issues-or even about which issues constitute the most important ones deserving attention. Breaking out of intellectual stovepipes is crucial to developing a better understanding of cyber challenges and how to address them. The Hoover Institution and Stanford University's Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) are partners in a program to do exactly that - tackling cyber policy and security challenges across sectors and academic disciplines by developing policy-relevant knowledge, convening leading thinkers across sectors, and training the next generation.
JOB PURPOSE: Perform work to support research or develop public programs and policies, applying basic knowledge and understanding of scientific theory.
Plan and perform research tasks of limited complexity requiring initiative and judgment in applying basic knowledge and understanding of scientific theory when precedents do not provide specific guidance; general instruction is provided by the supervisor.
Extract data and structured information from published literature and other sources.
Administer questionnaires and rating scales requiring judgment in applying non-routine scoring procedures.
Conduct literature searches, and write literature summaries, requiring preliminary judgments after conceptual approach is outlined by the supervisor. Build and organize data as requested by principal investigator or faculty; use common statistical programs, requiring the application of job control language in generating and organizing data.
Draft papers based on presentations or preliminary materials prepared by supervisor and assist with editing and eventual publication of said papers.
Summarize original articles or papers.
Prepare materials for presentations (e.g., create slide decks and other digested forms).
Perform fact checking on draft papers and other materials.
Adapt new, nonstandard methods outlined by supervisor (principal investigator or faculty).
Assist in designing and evaluating phases of research projects, seeking guidance where necessary, and auditing the accuracy and validity of data entered in databases.
Present research finding to internal audiences, including peers, co-workers, and managers.
Help orient and train new sta? or students such as:
Assist supervisor with management of undergraduate and graduate research assistants, delineating project trajectories and serving as a liaison between students and supervisor.
Assist supervisor with management of course teaching.
Assist with development and design of outreach materials and tools for recruitment, educational, or awareness programs with guidance from supervisor such as:
Draft, organize, and disseminate weekly newsletter to policymakers which includes culling relevant news articles and promoting Stanford-produced cyber policy and research materials.
ADDITIONAL CORE DUTIES:
Assist supervisor with organizing and executing meetings and conferences, including coordinating with other institutions on campus or visiting academics and government officials.
Manage the project-related organizational and logistical aspects as needed.
Assist supervisor with organizing overall research agenda.
*Other duties may also be assigned.
Education & Experience: Bachelor of Arts degree in international affairs, political science, history, the physical sciences, engineering, computer science, or a related field, or combination of education and experience in an applicable social science. Relevant experience may include:
Familiarity with issues in international security and in-depth interest in cybersecurity as a problem of public policy.
Research experience, including library, archival, and online research.
Experience absorbing written material and other media in a short time frame from various sources, critically analyzing, and synthesizing that material.
Experience writing summaries and producing near publication-quality work.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
General understanding of scientific theory and methods.
General computer skills and ability to quickly learn and master computer programs.
Ability to work under deadlines with general guidance.
Excellent organizational skills and demonstrated ability to complete detailed work accurately.
E?ective oral and written communication skills.
Ability to work with human study participants.
Certifications and Licenses:
Strong web-based research skills and familiarity with web-based academic resources.
*Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job. WORKING CONDITIONS:
May be required to work non-standard, extended or weekend hours in support of research work.
Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients as well as with external organizations.
Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide, http://adminguide.stanford.edu.
The Hoover Institution at Stanford University is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Location: Hoover Institution, California, United States Schedule: Classification Level:
Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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